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Natalie Brown:


Natalie Brown graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Buffalo State College in 2010. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Art History with an Advanced Study in Critical Museum Studies from the University at Buffalo in 2012. During her academic career, she interned at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Buffalo Museum of Science where she gained her initial experience in the museum setting. Since her graduation, Natalie has pursued a career in the arts in Buffalo and North Tonawanda, NY. 

In 2012, she founded the Project 308 Gallery in North Tonawanda where she now acts as the sole curator and event coordinator.  Natalie renovated the once vacant storefront into an art gallery that now serves as a venue for multimedia art exhibitions and events for the public, including an annual street fair that features over fifty artists. She utilizes the gallery as a place to engage those who appreciate the arts, collaborate with local artists and students, and activate a renewed enthusiasm for art in the community.

Natalie Brown is now an Associate at Arts Services Initiative of Western New York. In this position, She uses her expertise in program development and project management to advance ASI’s ongoing efforts towards capacity building, collaboration and advocacy for the cultural sector in the WNY region.

Natalie was honored with the Women in Leadership of WNY award in October 2015. She was awarded the Tonawanda News Women in Distinction Award in October 2013. She previously served on the Carnegie Art Center Board and currently volunteers there. She has also been a panelist on the 2015 NYSCA Grant.

Melissa Ellis:


Melissa Ellis graduated magna cum laude from Buffalo State College in 2014 with a BA in Art History. After graduation, Melissa interned at the Albright Knox Art Gallery with the curator of Public Art. She spent 2014-2017 as the Retail/Exhibitions Manager at the WNY Book Arts Center, an arts educational non-profit organization in Buffalo, NY. In the fall of 2017 she started her graduate studies at the University at Buffalo in Critical Museum Studies with a concentration in Arts Management.

Nicole Schmidt:


Nicole Schmidt graduated in 2014 with a BA in Art History and minors in Chemistry and German. Since graduation, Nicole has pursued internships across the country in art conservation, among which are the National Parks Service at Harpers Ferry, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Georgia Archives, and Williamstown Art Conservation Center. She has treated a variety of art work including historic maps, books, firearms, textiles, metal sculptures, ceramics, and taxidermy. She is currently applying to graduate programs in art conservation and loves visiting Buffalo when she can. 

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